Vacation season is right around the
corner, and as such, you will most likely be renewing or obtaining your US
passport. This is the busy time of year for US passport applicants wanting to
prepare for summer traveling whether close to home destinations such as Mexico
or Canada, or far away destinations such as Australia, England, or Italy.
Laws changed this time last year (2009),
and the change left many people confused and stranded at home instead of
enjoying their vacation plans. This year the major dilemma when it comes to
vacation or traveling out of the country is different: passport book vs.
Travel agents and even passport
acceptance agents are left explaining the often complicated advantages and
disadvantages of both forms of identification. VIP Passports is here to help! So
what is the difference between a passport book and a passport card? Which one
should you obtain? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both? In the
debate between passport book vs. passport card, VIP Passports does have your
easy to understand answers!
The first thing most people will
experience is the difference in look and size of the passport. The traditional
US passport book is what you would expect from a passport while the US passport
card is the size of a credit card or regular sized driverís license. One of the
advantages to having a US passport card is the miniscule size making it easy to
store in a wallet or purse.
Another benefit that the US passport
card holds over the US passport book is the price. The US passport card does not
cost as much as the traditional US passport book making it a favorite for those
individuals that benefit from a US passport card because of its features and
Now that the size and price is out of
the way, letís explore other major difference when it comes to passport card vs.
The passport book is good for traveling by any means to another country, and the passport card is good for traveling by land only to Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. If you plan on traveling by air, the passport book has you covered but the passport book leaves you at the airport missing your flight; if you plan on traveling by land, the passport book has you covered as does the passport card; if you plan on traveling by ship, cruise liner, boat, dingy, or other watercraft, you need a passport book because the passport card leaves you stranded unless you plan on sailing to Bermuda or the Caribbean then both forms of passport has your back.
When it comes to passport card vs. passport book, the passport book generally wins. However, for those people that live close to the border of Canada or Mexico, the passport card may be the way to go saving you money and adding convenience due to the size. One thing to remember is that if in question get both!
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